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Artigas will have a new treatment plant

Jesus Carames

May 16, 2024 | 7:30 p.m.

The Artigas Ecopark is about to take a big step in waste management with the construction of a new treatment plant. This infrastructure, which will require an investment of 2,6 million euros, will significantly improve the treatment of leachate generated both in the landfill and in the composting plant. The works will begin next June and promise to optimize current processes, which are no longer sufficient due to the expansion of the warehouse.

A necessary solution to the growth of waste

Leachate is highly polluting liquid that is generated from the decomposition of organic waste or the spillage of waste inside containers. These liquids represent a significant environmental challenge due to their volume and toxicity, especially in large landfills. In the case of Artigas, there is already a treatment plant, but it has become too small due to the increase in leachate generated by the recent expansion of the landfill.

The need for a new plant also lies in the ability to treat leachate from the composting plant, which currently must be managed by an external entity due to its high concentration. With the new facility, all these liquids can be processed on site, reducing costs and improving the efficiency of waste treatment.

Investment and impact in waste management

The spokesperson for the Provincial Council of Bizkaia, Leixuri Arrizabalaga, has highlighted the importance of this investment, stating that "thanks to the application of alternative technologies, this new plant will represent a step forward in comprehensive waste management." The treatment plant will be capable of processing all of the leachate produced at the facilities, which represents a significant advance in terms of sustainability and efficiency.

Location and future of the new plant

The new plant will be built on the intermediate platform of the Artigas landfill, an area already disused and consolidated. This location will allow the leachate generated in the new landfill cells to be collected by gravity, thus optimizing the treatment process. In addition, the plant will be next to the Bizkaiko Konpostegia facility, which facilitates the integration of waste treatment systems.

The choice of this location also offers the possibility of expanding the useful surface of the plant in the future, using adjacent land in case greater capacity is required. This flexibility is crucial to adapt to potential increases in waste generation and ensure that infrastructure remains effective in the long term.

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